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London: 53 are held for smoking cannabis at 'high park'

By Helen William

Published 20/04/2015

London's historic Hyde Park became high park yesterday as more than 50 people were arrested when a pro-cannabis festival was held at the venue
London's historic Hyde Park became high park yesterday as more than 50 people were arrested when a pro-cannabis festival was held at the venue

London's historic Hyde Park became high park yesterday as more than 50 people were arrested when a pro-cannabis festival was held at the venue.

The 53 arrests were all for drug-related offences. Uniformed officers stepped in as campaigners settled in to the '420 Day Celebration' at Speaker's Corner.

They gathered to hear speeches supporting decriminalisation and to smoke the Class B drug.

Thousands of supporters were greeted by police warning signs stating that 'Cannabis Is Illegal' and that smokers risked landing themselves in trouble, while others handed out cannabis leaf-shaped fliers which declared 'End Cannabis Prohibition'.

Scotland Yard said 37 people were dealt with at Hyde Park police station, 10 were given a cannabis warning, six were handed a penalty notice, 21 got police bail and 16 were taken in to custody.

Organiser Stewart Harper, of Norml-UK, said the event, one of 420 being held around the world, had been arranged because "we need legal access for cannabis and medical access to cannabis especially".

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